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PFF ranks Jimmy Garoppolo as the 18th best starting QB

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About a month ago, ESPN’s Mike Sando released his annual quarterback rankings, where he ranked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the third tier. Pro Football Focus did the same today, and they had the Niners gunslinger at No. 18:

While Garoppolo has looked like a top-half-of-the-league quarterback when on the field the last two years, his lack of availability has been a concern. At his best, his quick release and accuracy lead to some of the...

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Patrick Holloway

The Eagles signed a retired quarterback over Colin Kaepernick

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They’ll get a guy who was convicted of running a dogfighting ring and a guy who was already retired. Not Kaepernick.

With the NFL preseason in full swing, quarterbacks are going to get injured and then someone off the street will be brought in. Teams will need quarterbacks. Good thing Colin Kaepernick still wants to play quarterback.

The Philadelphia Eagles needed a backup quarterback. Except they didn’t find the one who wanted to play, they...

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Patrick Holloway

The Eagles signed a retired quarterback over Colin Kaepernick

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They’ll get a guy who was convicted of running a dogfighting ring and a guy who was already retired. Not Kaepernick.

With the NFL preseason in full swing, quarterbacks are going to get injured and then someone off the street will be brought in. Teams will need quarterbacks. Good thing Colin Kaepernick still wants to play quarterback.

The Philadelphia Eagles needed a backup quarterback. Except they didn’t find the one who wanted to play, they...

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Patrick Holloway

How safe is Kyle Shanahan in 2019?

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A recent article on NFL.com has him 28th in job security. Um what?

The San Francisco 49ers have had a lot of progress in their two years under head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. There, of course, is just one problem: they haven’t won many games. The duo preached patience when they arrived in the facility and asked for fans to not lose their lunch the first year the team fell below .500. In their second year, some thought...

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Kyle Posey

Kwon Alexander’s energy is already impacting the 49ers defense

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Alexander is the “glue guy”

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner was always going to take the next step to become a legitimate player in this league. What we didn’t know is Kwon Alexander would be the one to accelerate that process. As much as we love to talk about analytics, football is still an emotional game. Richard Sherman is the vocal leader of the defense, but Alexander injects a level of energy that was...

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Richard Sherman says comments about 18-game NFL were overblown

The NFL would probably be open to the idea of extending the regular season from 16 games to 18 games, but players would need a lot of convincing and a lot more money in their next collective bargaining agreement to even consider it. Richard Sherman thinks it is unlikely to happen, and he was slightly annoyed on Monday that people were made to believe otherwise. In an interview with Peter King for this week’s edition of "Football Morning in America," Sherman said he doesn’t see an 18-game...

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Kyle Posey

What would you consider a successful outing for the 49ers’ offense tonight?

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Against a Vic Fangio defense

If the game is going to go as the joint practices reportedly did, the San Francisco 49ers should have no problem against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Assuming Kyle Shanahan doesn’t sit 28 players like he did last week, there shouldn’t be as much sloppy play that features a penalty flag every other play.

I expect the defensive line to live in the Broncos backfield, despite being down...

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Four position battles for the 49ers preseason Week 2 vs. the Denver Broncos

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Taking a look at some positional battles to keep an eye on for tonight’s game against Denver

The San Francisco 49ers face the Denver Broncos tonight on Monday Night Football. We should see the starters for a few series, but there are still plenty of positional battles that need to work themselves out. Last week it was clear that Kyle Shanahan wanted to see Richie James and Kendrick Bourne. Who will it be tonight? Here are the top...

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Patrick Holloway

49ers vs. Broncos, Preseason Week 2: All you need to know

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The San Francisco 49ers go into their second preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Find information here on the 49ers-Broncos game time, TV channel, live online streaming options, radio, announcers and more!

We are back for another week of preseason football as the San Francisco 49ers get ready to take on the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. This will be the finale of some joint practices between...

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Does George Kittle ever have a bad day?

The NFL has a Gronk-sized hole to fill. Enter the 49ers' Pro Bowl tight end and his infectious, tattoo-getting, TD-scoring, Joker-obssessed lust for life.

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Kyler Murray’s second preseason game was not good, the clapping rule was worse

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Meanwhile, in Arizona

Remember back when Nick Bosa was supposed to go to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 1 and then the San Francisco 49ers had to choose between Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams? Well, Kyler Murray put an end to that when Kliff Kingsbury became head coach of the Cardinals and now Murray is helming quarterback duties. Murray had an OK Week 1 of preseason, but his second week was atrocious.

Look, you can’t take anything from the...

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Kyle Posey

49ers roster rankings 21-30: Onto the key contributors

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We’re getting into the meat of the roster

Now we are getting into the meat of the San Francisco 49ers roster. No bubble watches here. These are the players that will contribute in some form during 2019. Here are the roster rankings for players 21-30.

30. Jalen Hurd, WR(High: 23, Low: 51, KP: 23)

Hurd isn’t going to score two touchdowns a game, but he was never as “raw” as his scouting reports said. He got off to a slow...

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Patrick Holloway

Adrian Colbert fined $28,075 for Week 1 hit

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It might have been hard to escape this one.

Those of you who thought Adrian Colbert was unfairly ejected last week aren’t going to like this. Per Ian Rapoport, the NFL has fined the San Francisco 49ers safety $28,075 for his unnecessary roughness penalty during the 49ers Week 1 preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The penalty in question came from a hit Colbert laid on Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. A late flag...

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Five NFL rookies facing the most pressure in 2019

There is not a single draft pick who doesn’t face enormous pressure as a rookie, but there’s no denying that some are more scrutinized than others. Much of the time, those under the most strenuous pressure are first- and second-round picks, but even that doesn’t narrow down the list completely. Some rookies enter the league with expectations of becoming a superstar, while others are tasked with altering the trajectory of an organization entirely. And following the 2019 NFL Draft, there...

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Jimmy Garoppolo, Mike Shanahan sound off on working together

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Garoppolo’s ACL injury led to Mike Shanahan tutoring him in the family offense. He may not have gotten gameday reps, but this is the next best thing.

One of the less talked about advantages Jimmy Garoppolo had as a quarterback is the fact he has not just one of the greatest current offensive minds in the league whispering in his ear (Kyle Shanahan), but also one of the greatest offensive minds in league history to also whisper in his ear (Kyle...

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Kyle Shanahan talks Broncos, final open practice, two-minute drill, Jimmy Garoppolo

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The 49ers head coach broke down the final practice open to the media. We have a full transcript.

What was at stake on the field goal?

“We just did it at the end of the game, two-minute drive. So, we were down one point, [Denver Broncos head coach] Vic [Fangio] made the score 1-0, defensive guy. I thought it was more like 39-38, but we were down one, so it was just last second for the field goal. It was neat, Vic and [K] Robbie [Gould] had a...

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Patrick Holloway

Golden Nuggets: The Jimmy G Rises

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Your San Francisco 49ers links for Sunday, August 18, 2019

There’s always something that gets me to watch a preseason game for the 49ers. And something that has nothing to do with my job. Week 1 it was just the sheer fact a football game was on TV. Week 2 it’s the return of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Kyle Shanahan has confirmed that Garoppolo will be showing up in the 49ers second preseason game against the Denver Broncos. How...

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Patrick Holloway

John Lynch Saturday press conference transcript

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The 49ers general manager met with the media to discuss the 49ers joint practices with the Broncos, we have a full transcript.

What did you see from the first joint practice yesterday?

“I thought it was a good day’s work. I think both sides, you get out of these things, particularly when you have a great partner to work with, there’s so much that you get out of this work. You get to see different looks. Now, the one thing with this team is we’re both...

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Patrick Holloway

Per John Lynch, no talks on trading a quarterback

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We talked about which one you’d trade, but it looks like no one wants to do a deal. Not yet.

The San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of a battle for backup quarterback. Both Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard were locked at even with only a handful of yards and a couple of completions to distinguish each other. With backup quarterbacks in the NFL going down and some starters dealing with their own injury issues, looking to the 49ers for...

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Saturday’s practice recap: 49ers stay disciplined, solid in final open practice

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Fred Warner continues to make the reports

Today was the second joint practice between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. This also is the final open practice for the 49ers of the 2019 season. Let’s get to it:

Injury news

Antone Exum Jr. did not participate and is considered day-to-day

Defensive tackle D.J. Jones returned to practice after the knee injury scare. Running back Raheem Mostert returned after suffering a...

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